Things I wish I knew sooner | Changes of Tomorrow

It’s very interesting that efforts to do good for the planet and our future on it are called sustainability.

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It’s very interesting that efforts to do good for the planet and our future on it are called sustainability. And that when a machine learns a new trick we call them smart machines.

It seems that the smart thing to do would be to realize the profound impact our habits and our inventions are having on our planet. Possibly we could consider whether or not it’s sustainable to teach machines everything there is to know about the world, our brain, and our soul.

Perhaps we got all this backward and in fact, we should try to upgrade our mental models and beliefs every 6 months, while we let the machines learn what it means to put the needs of all ahead of their own!

This unique human quality is called love. And we’ll need lots of it to steer the planet and its inhabitants in the smart direction.

Some think that waste management, plastic consumption, and recycling are hard problems to solve. But one thing is for sure, what was unthinkable yesterday, may be possible tomorrow.

(we told you we are optimistic)

 

What’s changing: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Imagine more than 40,000 thirsty people drinking nonstop around London for 5 hours.
No, it’s not a street party, it’s the London marathon and they had this very smart alternative to plastic bottles. (4 min read)

You have to love these edible straws. (3 min read)

We found this at the bottom of the deepest place in the ocean. That’s 7 miles btw. (5 min read)

Here is a manual for circular design. Just do it! (8 and 5 min read)

Who would have thought this? AirPods last just 18 months. After that, they become indestructible garbage. (6 min read)

Ah, read this in case you are thinking about moving to Mars. (2 min read)

And if you are wondering what we will be eating by 2025, Space10’s futuristic cookbook is the place to look.

But maybe, these bots are the key to saving agriculture. They (it?) can do the equivalent of 30 acres of outdoor farming in just one indoor, automated acre. (5 min read and 9 min read)

 

Mental energizer

“You will come to a time when you say: I’m so glad that the thing I feared or dreaded happened because I would not be me without it. I wouldn’t have learned compassion or empathy, I would not have known the determination or grit deep within.”

Savannah Guthrie’s commencement speech at George Washington University.

 

Food for thought

Sharecroppers

Low-wage workers in the U.S. and across the globe who painstakingly inventory millions of pieces of data and images, giving power to AI programs.

 

Tomorrow’s numbers

How did we in our business get in the spot where we spend 90 percent of our coverage on the 10 percent of our lives influenced by politics and 10 percent of our coverage on the 90 percent of our lives influenced by relationship, community and the places we live in every day?
From “The big story you didn’t get to read” NYT.

Islam will surpass Judaism as the second most popular religion in the U.S. by 2040.
From “A future foretold: A new America in 2040” Axios.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 36% of 65-to-69-year-olds will be part of the labor force by 2024.
From “How to plan for 2 or 3 careers in your lifetime” Fast Company.

By 2029 plant-based meat could capture 10% of the $1.4 trillion global industry, meaning a whopping $140 billion in sales.
From “1 faux thing” Axios.

 

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This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.

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